So, a few things this morning that make me realize that I need to finish the book soon. First up is the news that last year smart phone sales overtook computer sales (which they believe were cannibalized by tablet - aka iPad - sales). The second is this thing, the noteslate. It's an e-ink technology notepad. If they're able to keep their promises, this could be very big. Imagine no longer carrying around a notebook. With a little tweaking, say like displaying PDFs, while allowing you to write on top of them like smartboard technology can do with Office programs, this could be a monster. And at $99, it's a good price.
When I first read about e-ink (what was it, a decade ago?) I could see devices like this in the future. Imagine what will happen when they make this 1) higher resolution, 2) faster and more capable processor, and 3) network ready. Imagine a thin client/tablet machine you can unroll, access any web-based material, and do most computing functions. All on a screen technology that utilizes deep memory functions (as in deep in your brain, the same areas books use) and… well, it's fargin' incredible. It is a grail technology. Plus, a week long battery life.
And from Eric, because it's Valentine's Day, and it's the subject after the current test (in 2 or 3 weeks), a real Valentine. If you're going to give your heart to someone, then by gadtree, give your heart to someone. Although now I'm rerunning Neil Gaiman's Harlequin Valentine.
Here's another article on just how clueless people are about their government and reality. Those number are samples of people who receive federal assistance who don't know it's federal assistance. YOu may remember the old fogies on medicare fighting against government run health care during the Summer of 2009. I'll add to this the amazing word twisting that happened the other night at a meeting of council where members refused to believe that the earmark LaTourette put into the spending bill that would send $225,000 to Orwell for our stop light at the intersection to our school, industrial sites, and state highway was an earmark. So I'm approaching the same conclusion that Bill Clinton came to, that there is a major portion of our population that are living in an alternate reality.
Speaking of that alternative reality, now that the canonization is over, a little reality on what really was Reagan's legacy. (Grokked form Jay Lake)
Elizabeth Moon wades in on health care. And she isn't exactly the raging liberal either. How many more times does this kind of thing have to be said before people get it. I know, how many roads must a man walk down. (Grokked from Jay Lake)
Say, here's another example of the language people were talking about after the Arizona shootings. "The (GOP) won big, slaying Nancy Pelosi, wounding Obama, picking up seats in historic numbers…". Oh yeah, almost forgot this one. Someone please show me where the liberals who have such high contacts, were directly involved in politics, and could have been working for a Congressman (if not the Congressman themselves) have said such things?
Aw, hell, it might be worth it to donate, just to keep the comedians in good material. Notice the persecution complex going on here, as well as the pleading for money. It reeks of those various online, "we need money" requests. But see, now I'm thinking of Sarah Palin, Michelle Bachmann, and Christine O'Donnell touring the country as a political "Blue Collar Comedy Tour" type of event. Maybe they could get Sharon Angle to be the opener.
It's a little old, but we're heading back into that cycle again. The New Politics has brought the crazies out. Now that they're in the open, maybe we can see that we need state mental hospitals reopened. Oh, wait, that's exactly what these people are warning us about. Oh noes, the irony! (Grokked from Eric)
So, how's that lower taxes and business friendly atmosphere working out for you in Texas. I don't know if I posted about it before, Texas is having almost as much problem as California (relatively speaking). Yet, nothing in the MSM. Why? Because it doesn't fit the narrative. Your liberal media at work. (Grokked from Jay Lake)
And it's good to know that the conservatives in congress are all about creating jobs. Well, no, they're about reducing taxes and getting government out of they way of you and your doctor making medical decisions. Well, no, in fact they're not about any of those things. Okay, I guess they are about cutting your taxes (maybe), you know, unless your insurance covers abortions. Well, then, you're going to have to pay more in taxes. After the whole "forcible rape" thing, and this, and the attacks against Planned Parenthood, you're seeing the real agenda. It's all about social control and government just small enough to crawl in your bedroom window. Thanks TP, for helping the social conservatives gain control. You didn't want a nanny state? Well, welcome to the nanny state. Didn't want the government in your healthcare? Welcome to government in your healthcare. What's next, "Homes for Wayward Girls"?